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In Memoriam

William N. Thomas, Jr. AMATYC lost a valued AMATYC member, friend, and colleague, when William N. Thomas, Jr. (Bill), Emeritus Associate Professor of Mathematics, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 13, 2011 in Perrysburg, OH. He was 64. Bill retired from the Department of Mathematics of the University of Toledo in July 2010. He was instrumental in piloting the newly developed Study Skills course, whose curriculum he helped build. Bill was dedicated to students and to the University to the very end. Bill taught for more than 30 years with enthusiasm and a love of sharing his knowledge with many talented and successful students. He also spent several years consulting with different Universities and Charter Schools working on Developmental Programs and Studies. Bill was an active member of AMATYC for many years, bringing his expertise about engaging students in the classroom and sharing his wisdom with the Developmental Mathematics Committee. He was a member of the writing team for the AMATYC Crossroads in Mathematics. Many AMATYC members will also remember his inspirational singing during the Opening Session of the 1999 AMATYC Annual Conference in Pittsburgh
when he challenged us to "reach for the sky.” Bill was AMATYC’s fi rst Traveling Workshops Coordinator. During his career, he facilitated numerous workshops independently as well as for AMATYC, Houghton Mifflin, and The Ohio State University/Texas Instrument’s College Short Course Program. We will miss Bill’s energy and optimism and wonderful smile.

Karen Sharp passed away November 16, 2009. Karen’s service to AMATYC and MichMATYC was exceptional. She worked hard to bring about changes and growth in both organizations that are visible today. From 1980 through 2006, here are some of the roles that Karen played: AMATYC Midwest Vice President, MichMATYC President, Project Director of a grant from the Sloan Foundation to fund AMATYC’s first Summer Institute, AMATYC Treasurer, AMATYC President-Elect, AMATYC President, AMATYC Past President, Project Director for Crossroads in Mathematics, AMATYC’s first standards document, involved in establishing AMATYC’s national office in Memphis, and recipient of AMATYC Mathematics Excellence Award. She taught at Mott CC in Flint, Michigan. (Newsletter article)

Constance Mary Ranard-Chandler, Omaha, Nebraska, passed away September 1, 2007. Connie Ranard-Chandler joined NEBMATYC at its inception, and served on its board for several years. She was also active nationally in the honorary fraternity Phi Theta Kappa, being a district coordinator. She taught at Metropolitan CC in Omaha, NE.

Charles Ames, retired NY professor, passed away July 13, 2006 in Broken Arrow, OK after a long bout with cancer. Ames was an award-winning teacher, teaching from 1966-1998 at the high school and community college level. He earned his PhD from LaSalle University. During his career, he was active in several math organizations, including AMTNYS (past president), NYSAMS, NCTM, and AMATYC.

Deborah Woods, Professor and Mathematics Lab Director at the University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walter Campus, passed away December 6, 2005. As an AMATYC and OhioMATYC member, Debbie served on the local committee for the 2006 AMATYC conference. OhioMATYC established a scholarship in Debbie’s name.

Vicki Froehlich passed away on November 28, 2005, in Albuquerque, NM. She was a charter member of NMMATYC, serving on the founding committee and then on the Executive Board of NMMATYC as both secretary and treasurer in successive terms after which she devoted her efforts to AMATYC for nine years as the AMATYC Program Coordinator.

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